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Home  |  News  |  Blackville man's death ruled a homicide

Blackville man's death ruled a homicide
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

BLACKVILLE, SC - A father of five was laid to rest Sunday as authorities were determining his death was a homicide.

Funeral services were held Sunday for Tyrone Anthony "Smitty" Donaldson of 75 Walnut St., Blackville, in the auditorium of Blackville-Hilda High School.

"The missing persons case has been closed," Blackville Police Chief John Holston said Monday. "It is now a homicide investigation."

After Sunday's service, Donaldson's family was "doing as well as can be expected," Holston said. "It's not the conclusion they were hoping for ... "

Donaldson had been missing since July 21 when his family members notified police he had not returned after what he had said would be a short errand. Donaldson had told them he was going to pick up some money and would return home in about two hours.

The 40-year-old man's body was found Friday in a wooded area off Sunshine Road, north of Blackville, Barnwell County Coroner Lloyd B. Ward said.

Ward said Monday his office was still awaiting further test results and that no official cause of death had been determined.

Donaldson's body was found via "information that was gathered through the continuance of the investigation" by the State Law Enforcement Division and the Blackville Police Department, Holston said.

The day after the Blackville man went missing, his vehicle was recovered in Orangeburg near the John C. Calhoun Drive and Broughton Street intersection. The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety recovered the vehicle.

Holston said the case was turned over to SLED since jurisdictional lines were crossed.

SLED has said foul play was involved in Donaldson's death.

No arrests have been made.

Last week, Donaldson's family offered a $3,000 reward for information leading to Donaldson.

Source: http://www.thetandd.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_c0d9f122-c23e-11e0-be4d-001cc4c03286.html

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